Historic Preservation Month: Downtown Youngstown’s Paramount Theater in ruin

The Paramount Theater building on West Federal Street. Electronic image by Ron Flaviano for Metro Monthly.

The Paramount Theater building on West Federal Street in downtown Youngstown. Electronic file image by Ron Flaviano for Metro Monthly.

New York-based photographer Matt Lambros publishes the website After the Curtain, which documents America’s abandoned and crumbling movie houses. In 2011, he photographed the ruin of the Paramount Theater in downtown Youngstown. After suffering decades of neglect, it was recently announced that the Paramount is now slated for demolition some time this spring.

On his site, Lamrbos says he has spent a decade photographing buildings, making what he calls “photographic obituaries for once-thriving buildings that are now crumbled and forgotten.”

In his artist statement, Lambros added: “Abandoned architecture has fascinated me since I was five years old. My grandmother used to take my brother and I in to investigate any old barn she happened to drive past. She was curious about what was left behind, and her inquisitive nature made a lasting impression on me.”

To see more of his work, visit: http://www.mlambrosphotography.com/

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